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Marine deserter wanted in killing of mother’s boyfriend placed on FBI’s Most Wanted list

HARDY, Va. — A Marine deserter who is facing a murder charge was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list of fugitives.

Michael Brown, 22, is suspected in the killing of his mother’s boyfriend in Hardy, about nine miles east of Roanoke, Virginia, authorities there said.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting report in Hardy on Nov. 9. They found Rodney Brown, 54, dead in his home.

Rodney Brown’s girlfriend — who is Michael Brown’s mother — called police after finding Rodney’s body in the house, Capt. Phillip Young with the sheriff’s office said at the time.

Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in October.

According to a news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Brown is known to frequent national parks and forests and may be living in the woods.

He is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons. He is considered dangerous.

Manhunt prompted school closures

The manhunt for Brown led Roanoke, Virginia, police to shut down schools in the city in early November. The closures came after authorities received a call at about 4 a.m. on Nov. 14 regarding a possible sighting of Brown.

The caller told investigators that a man in a black jacket was tapping on a window at Brown’s grandmother’s house, Roanoke police Chief Tim Jones said. Officers responded and were “able to confirm to the best of our ability that it was Mr. Brown,” he said.

The United States Marshals Service offered a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Brown.

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